Jinho YellOw Hong

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GPI Rank : 139
GPI Nat. Rank : 3
Total Earnings : $2,790,093
GPI Score : 2 599,61
First Cash : 2015-09-29
Last Updated on July 9, 2024

Last Result

Date Country Place Prize
Jun 24 - 27, 2024 No Limit Hold'em
Las Vegas
81 $10,253


Former StarCraft pro gamer Jinho ‘YellOw’ Hong has seen his share of the spotlight throughout his seven-year poker career with a number of notable victories across the Asian region.

Since retiring from e-sports and after appearances on reality shows like “The Genius” and “Crime Scene,” Hong has become a respected figure in the Asian poker community. He draws from his gaming background, with his successes earning him sponsorship from the Korean brand J88Poker.

Asia and USA titles and WSOP Bracelet

The decorated pro bagged some of his largest scores back in October 2019 having won the J88Poker Tour Main Event in Shanghai for ¥ 420,000 (~US$ 59,324) and the Asian Poker Tour Championships Event in Taipei for NT$ 1,697,300 (~US$ 55,402) followingly. In 2022, Hong successfully propelled his poker career to new heights with an astonishing performance during his summer visit in the USA.

The South Korean pro captured his best score to date after taking down The Wynn Summer Classic’s $3,500 NLH Championship in Las Vegas for a whopping $ 696,011 in prizes. Fresh from a win, Hong carried on to claim his maiden bracelet in the 53rd Annual World Series of Poker games Event #76: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty just three weeks later. On his way to the official gold, Hong beat one of Thailand’s best pros in heads up play, Punnat Punsri, to clasp the coveted bracelet along with the $276,067 top prize after three days of action. The 40-year old runner now sits among his country’s top ranking players, towing an impressive $1.38M in total winnings as of late.

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Jinho Hong, Photo Credit – WSOP/ PokerNews

For now I’m so happy, my head is empty, very nervous but I am just so grateful that I’ve won a bracelet. The win at the Wynn Summer Classic was a bigger cash but for me, the bracelet is a lot more meaningful to me and hopefully in the future, a lot more Koreans keep on trying to get the bracelet and hopefully our country grows.“, commented Hong following his consequential victories.

Biggest scores in 2023

Hong then took his poker high into the 2023 season, placing 1st at he WFP Syndrome 6 Main Event for USD 188,280 and a larger payout at the USOP Da Nang Billionaire Club Challenge for USD 211,300.

Hong remains one of South Korea’s top poker players.

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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